Inland & Amazon
From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
16 days from
Your tour to Quito includes:
- Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena. Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts). Ingapirca ruins stop. Orientation walk of Cuenca. Historic hacienda overnight stay. Otavalo visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Meals Included
- 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts).
- Group Size Notes
- Max 16, avg 12
- Public bus, plane, taxis, motorized canoe, private van, 4x4 vehicles, pickup truck.
Day 1 Quito
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.
Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Papallacta (1B)
Take a local bus through the heights of the Andes en route to the Amazon. Stop for the night in Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools.
Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 3 Papallacta/Tena (1B, 1D)
Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.
Stay with a Quichua family enjoying the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.
Optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving, and whitewater rafting.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 95km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to a jungle lodge located on the Napo River, one of the Amazon’s two major tributaries.
Explore by foot and canoe to learn about the natural history of this area. There is also an option for an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo.
Please note: wildlife viewing in this part of the jungle is limited for a number of reasons. This visit is more a cultural learning experience.
Day 6 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend another day exploring the area.
Day 7 Tena/Baños (1B)
Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Baños (1B)
Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 9 Baños (1B)
Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 10 Baños/Cuenca (1B)
Travel along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', through Ecuador's central valley of mountains to the colonial town of Cuenca. Enjoy a full day trip with spectacular views along the way, stopping at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca — the largest and best-preserved archaeological site in Ecuador.
Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.
Day Trip to Ingapirca Ruins
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 321km)
Day 11 Cuenca (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.
Day 12 Cuenca/Cayambe (1B)
Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 13 Cayambe/Otavalo (1B)
Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Otavalo (1B)
Explore the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.
Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit
Day 15 Otavalo/Quito (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Quito, with the options to visit the Basilica or explore the old town. Enjoy the last evening in this energetic city.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 16 Quito (1B)
We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.
Other important information
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- 1. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 2. THE TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO Please note this tour travels to Banos. The Tungurahua volcano in the area around Banos is constantly active. G Adventures have operated countless tours to the Banos area over the years without incident. However, we are obligated to point out that travel to the area is at your own risk, to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Further, we urge you to check your insurance coverage with your insurance provider prior to travel to the Banos area. 3. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.
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- Meal Budget
- Local Flights
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